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Author: Elizabeth Bohorquez, RN, CH

The Neuro-Psychology of Weight Control: Winning the Brain Game

If you are like millions of other individuals, you are either on a diet, think you need to be on a diet, or have given up on trying to lose weight. A large majority of us spend a great deal of time trying to decide what to eat, when to eat and how to stop eating. We cannot seem to manage the illusive weight control monster. The hard facts are in and they are certainly very serious. Even a moderate weight gain of 22 pounds or more above a person’s ideal weight at age 18 can result in greater risk of earlier death. Recent research published in the New England Journal of Medicine has found that a surprising 1/3 of cancer deaths, as well as more than ½ of cardiovascular deaths were due to excess weight. women who were obese were four times as likely to die of heart disease and twice as likely to die of cancer, as were women whose weights were below average for their age. When other unhealthy lifestyle practices, such as smoking, sugar and alcohol addiction, high caffeine intake, poorly managed stress levels, lack of exercise and poor nutrition are factored in, the negative findings are drastically multiplied. Why is something that should be so easy as maintaining a normal weight, be so difficult & elude so many? Despite all the money spent on...

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Anxiety and Panic: The New Epidemic

The number of people suffering from anxiety and panic disorder like agoraphobia, social anxiety and the like has reached more than epidemic proportions. If we add to this number, those people suffering additional anxiety due to a specific disease process such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, circulatory disturbances and pain-related disorders such as arthritis, fibromyalgia and the like, one wonders if anyone is left anxiety-free. The anxiety/panic epidemic is not just a national problem, but one of international proportion. The large majority of those suffering with these disorders are holding full-time jobs, many at Executive and managerial levels and...

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